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Duplication Exercise

Train your stu­dents to notice details and “see like artists” with this fun activ­ity! In her clas­sic draw­ing books, Draw­ing with Chil­dren and Draw­ing for Older Chil­dren and Teens, art teacher and author Mona Brookes offers an engag­ing way to prac­tice see­ing and draw­ing using her “Dupli­ca­tion Exer­cise”. This activ­ity is com­pletely adapt­able to any […]

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Touch” Contour Drawing

A work­shop par­tic­i­pant try­ing out the “touch” method of con­tour draw­ing In my last teacher work­shop, I showed how stu­dents can improve their draw­ing skills with dif­fer­ent types of con­tour draw­ing. In pre­vi­ous posts, I’ve talked about blind, mem­ory and guided con­tour draw­ing. Last, but not least, is “touch” con­tour draw­ing. This is another great […]

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More Contour Drawing — “Memory” and “Guided”

Guided” Con­tour Draw­ing by Austin, grade 5 In her book, Art for Kids: Draw­ing, artist and author Kathryn Tem­ple reminds us that, “The most impor­tant thing an artist can do is pay atten­tion.” It’s amaz­ing how most peo­ple go through life with­out really look­ing at the world around them. Con­tour draw­ing will help you break this […]

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Teacher Workshop — Contour Drawing!

Blind Con­tour Draw­ing” of a stu­dent in my work­shop! I love this quote by Kathryn Tem­ple, author of Art for Kids: Draw­ing.… “Draw­ing has more to do with see­ing than it does with hold­ing a pen­cil in your hand.” So true!! In my teacher work­shop last week­end (“Teach­ing Draw­ing to Kids”) we focused on how […]

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Negative Space Tree Drawings

6th Grade Draw­ings of the Trees in our Park­ing Lot! If you hurry, you can still fit this project in before the trees start sprout­ing leaves and you have to wait til fall!Kids love any excuse to get out of the class­room, so if you can, go out­side and have them do the first part of […]

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Dot Monsters!

Dot Mon­sters are a per­fect activ­ity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early fin­ish­ers” who end up with free time after com­plet­ing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love mak­ing these! Dot Mon­sters nur­ture imag­i­na­tion and encour­age cre­ative think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing.… and they’re FUN! Here’s how you […]

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Pink Gold — Sketching with Erasers!

Did you know that the sim­ple pink eraser at the tip of your #2 pen­cil is worth it’s weight in gold?? (Or maybe even more, since erasers don’t weigh much!) Well, it is and here’s why.… I don’t use these erasers for eras­ing (I save that for my trusty “Magic Rub”), I use them for […]

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